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Bodrum Peninsula Travel Guide: Turkey’s Aegean Delight

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The Bodrum Peninsula on Turkey’s stunning Aegean coast is the summer playground for hundreds of thousands of discerning holiday-makers offering something for everyone – the beach bum, party animal, culture vulture or adrenalin junkie.Amazon Best Seller Logo

Described as the ‘San Tropez of Turkey’, the whitewashed town of Bodrum (ancient Halicarnassus) is the beating heart of the Peninsula where the Turkish elite come to let their hair down.

‘The Bodrum Peninsula Travel Guide: Turkey’s Aegean Delight’ is the definitive book for visitors and expats alike from Jay Artale, part-time resident and someone in the know.The book is packed to the rafters with meticulously researched facts and fun, sites and scenes, eats and treats, must-dos and don’t-dos, both on and off the well-beaten track.

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Need to know how to get about?

Want insider knowledge on the best boats trips to hidden coves and where to find ancient sites to tumble over?

Looking for the best places to eat for authentic rustic cuisine?

Fancy a high-energy water-ski ride around the bay, or a slow paced jaunt on a paddle board?

It’s all here, and much, much more. Whether dipping in for a hint or two or reading cover-to-cover in one serving, this book should be in everyone’s suitcase.

What’s Inside: Book Index and Contents

Section 1: Introduction to Turkey

A summary of Turkey’s history, culture and food, as well as some key travel tips that are relevant, no matter where in Turkey you travel.

  • Top 5 lists “What not to miss!”
  • Introduction to Turkey (Geography; Brief History; Culture; Religion)
  • Customs & Traditions (Camel Wrestling; Turkish Oiled Wrestling; Turkish Baths; Haggling)
  • Local Drinks (Tea, Turkish Coffee, Rakı, Ayran, Wine)
  • Local Dining (Local Food Specialities)
  • Travel Information (Essentials; Tipping; Visitor’s Visa; Money Matters; Credit Cards)
  • Staying Connected (Mobile Phones; Wi-Fi; Internet Cafés; Key Turkish Phrases)

Section 2: Introduction to the Bodrum Peninsula

The Bodrum Peninsula is a small area in the Aegean region of Turkey, and this section provides an overview of the local area and sets the stage for discovering the individual destinations in greater detail in the next section.

  • Mugla Province
  • Bodrum Peninsula: First Impressions & Lasting Memories
  • Bodrum Peninsula:
  • Local Landmarks
  • Famous Residents
  • When to Go; What to Pack
  • Getting there by Air;
  • Ground Transportation;
  • Getting there by Sea;
  • Getting Around the Peninsula
  • Travelling Further Afield (Excursions & Day Trips to Greece)
  • Day Boat Trips;
  • Weekly Farmers Markets;
  • Beaches;
  • Turkish Baths

Section 3: Bodrum Peninsula by Destination

Starting from Bodrum Town, we travel clockwise to all the key towns and villages located on the Bodrum Peninsula. Each location is reviewed in detail, and provides visitors with all the travel tips they need to navigate the local area, to get the most out of their visit.

Each destination section includes the following sections:

  • Getting Your Bearings
  • Introduction
  • Getting Around
  • Sightseeing
  • Activities
  • Beaches
  • Water Sports
  • Boat Trips
  • Entertainment
  • What’s Nearby

Here are all of the Bodrum Peninsula destinations included in this guide are:

  • Akyarlar
  • Bagla Bay and Aspat Bay
  • Bitez Village; Bitez Beach
  • Bodrum
  • Camel Beach (Kargi)
  • Dereköy
  • Geriş & Gerişalti
  • Gölköy
  • Gökçebel
  • Gümbet
  • Gümüşlük
  • Gündoğan
  • Kadikalesi
  • Koyunbaba; Gümüşkaya
  • Ortakent Town; Yahşi Village; Ortakent & Yahşi Beach
  • Turgutreis
  • Türkbükü
  • Torba
  • Yalikavak
  • Other smaller villages and bays: Gurece; Hebil Bay; Kucükbük; Paradise Cove; Karakaya; Peksimet; Yakaköy

Section 4: Appendix Reference Section

This section includes links to external websites, and additional resource information for the Bodrum Peninsula.

  • My Bodrum Websites
  • Other Bodrum Websites
  • Books featuring the Bodrum Peninsula
  • Other Travel Websites & Resources
  • Transport Resources
  • Local Tour & Travel Companies
  • Events & Festivals
  • Classes & Retreats
  • Turkish Telephone Websites
  • Turkish Alphabet & Pronunciation Guide
  • Table of Contents

About the Author

Originally from the flatlands and big skies of rural Norfolk in eastern England, Jay is a British Expat currently living in Los Angeles.Roving Jay's new Logo 2012For the last couple of decades Jay has juggled her day job as a project manager with her passions for writing, photography and international travel.

In 2008, Jay bought a holiday home on the trendy Bodrum Peninsula along Turkey’s beautiful Aegean coast.Despite its popularity with Turkish and international visitors, and a destination of choice for thousands of expatriates looking for their place in the sun, well-researched and comprehensive guides to the Peninsula were thin on the ground.

Jay decided to plug this gap and enthusiastically set about capturing the local area in words and pictures.

In 2010, Jay launched this website to share her knowledge and experiences with a wider audience. What began life as random facts and observations, hand-written in little note books, has grown into a well-respected and popular travel site.

In 2012, Jay began publishing free location-specific Quick Reference Travel Guides for the area. A full-blown guide seemed to be the next logical step. ‘The Bodrum Peninsula Travel Guide: Turkey’s Aegean Gem’ was published on Amazon on May 31st 2013.



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Do I need a KOBO device to read this book?

No. You can download a free KOBO app to your iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, Android, PC, Mac, or other compatible device.Kobo Image for Bodrum Peninsula Travel Guide Jay ArtaleAll formats Available at Smashwords:Smashwords provides my book in multiple downloadable formats, so no matter what device you have you can read in on the device of your choice.

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Are all the versions the same?

  • All versions have the same text content, but only Amazon has the complete set of photos. So if images are important to you (and I personally think in a guide book, they are) you should opt for the Amazon version.
  • The reason the other versions are slightly different is because Smashwords, Kobo and B&N have smaller size thresholds for ebooks, and my 200+ photos in the Kindle version was just too bloated an big for these other ebook publishers to handle!

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  1. Simon

    Look forward to reading your guide to the beautiful Bodrum Peninsula. Was planning to write my own one day but you’ve beaten me to it!

  2. Roving Jay

    Thanks Simon, I’ll let you know when it’s published.
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  3. Kerry

    Looking forward to reading your book. Good luck with it all Kerry

    1. Roving Jay

      Thanks Kerry… it’s been fun to write, and I’ll be pleased to see it on Amazon’s available list by the end of the month. Just in time for the summer season.
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  4. Chris

    My little sister! Hope your book is all you wanted it to be…You have done so well to do this AND have a very busy day job! You will have earned your time in the Turkish sunshine for sure.Chrisx

    1. Roving Jay

      Thanks Chris… yes it’s taken a lot of effort, but been well worth it. That Turkish Sunshine is calling my name!
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  5. Sarah king

    This site is most informative and we have just downloaded the full guide book and can’t put it down!
    Yesterday morning we didn’t know where we were going on holiday…. In the afternoon booked a trip to turgutreis which we had never heard of and found very little online to help us get a feel for the area…. Now I almost feel like I know my way around
    Thank you

    1. Roving Jay

      Hi Sarah .. what great feedback. I’m so pleased you found the guide useful – and it played a part in making your holiday plans. Now you have a fab holiday to look forward too! Jay
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  6. Jim

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Good luck with your travel guide.
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    1. Roving Jay

      Hi Jim.. glad I stumbled on my blog… I hadn’t realized you ran a blog carnival until I saw you comment, so I submitted an entry to your July Carnival….
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  7. Johanna Bradley

    I guess I should have done the same wuth the Eastern Algarve. I have the same start point.

    Good luck with the book. I’ll watch out for it. I always enjoy a good travel read. 🙂
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    1. Roving Jay

      Hi Johanna… never too late to start your E.Algarve book….. 🙂
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  8. Emma

    Hey Jay – this is a great info. I’ve been searching for a really good travel guide. Thanks a lot for sharing.
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  9. Belinda

    Loved your book! I bought it via Amazon and thought I’d flip through it quickly, but I got engrossed by the content. You write so well (and I love that your guide has photos in it too). Are you writing other books about the area?
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    1. Roving Jay

      Hi Belinda… glad you enjoyed the book .. and really pleased that you appreciated all the photos in it. I’m writing my second guide book… which focuses on Gumusluk called “Gumulsuk Travel Guide: Bodrum’s Silver Lining”

      If you get a chance to hop on over to your e-retailer to leave a review for my Bodrum guide… it’s be greatly appreciated. 🙂
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  10. Paul Johnson

    Hi Jay,

    I have a friend that was looking to visit the Bodrum Peninsula soon and around the area as part of one of those “bucket list” trips, so I am going to send him the link to this page.

    Great to see all the good comments from others that have enjoyed your guide as well, I hope it continues to help people out.



    1. Roving Jay

      Thanks Paul… hope he finds it useful… thanks, Jay
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  11. Azzy

    I am just wondering if you can please give me advise on which town of Bodrum to stay.
    I am travelling on 18 July from UK for 10 nights period with my family,7adult no children.
    It’s my first trip to Bodrum and I am very much confused to find a suitable place to stay in order to chill, relax, with sea / mountain view.
    I don’t wish to stay in hotels or all inclusive packages, English Breakfast ,Clubbing ,,,,,would like a vila in resort or private to do my own fish/kebab barbeque ,,,,spend quality time with family while exploring the area.
    I can also hire a car.
    Have read reviews about Bitez,Gumbet, Turgurteis, Ortakent, Yalikavak, Torba, Mumcular, Konacik, Golturbuku, Gundogan, Yaliciftlik, Gumusluk, Guvercinlik and Mazi.
    I am puzzled. Any tips about Bodrum region is very much appreciated.

    Thanks you very much

    1. Roving Jay

      There are lots of websites which list villas and properties for rent, some through agencies and some direct with the owner. There are certainly lots of places to choose from, and it is very much personal choice of where you choose as your final destination. Each destination offers something different, and I’d recommend reading the destination content on my website to get a feel for each of the villages and towns around the Bodrum Peninsula.

      This is a good place to start:

      Here’s the Welcome pages for each of the destinations:

      This should give you some information to help you narrow down your search, or alternatively you can buy my book on Amazon! thanks, Jay
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  12. David

    Look’s like a good book. I love to get books based on one location, instead the ones that cover a large country. (AKA lonely planet) You can get more info, instead of the basic Highlights!
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  13. Rachel

    This is a great travel guide! Thanks for sharing, looking forward to reading it.

  14. Mevlut Uysal

    Seems to be great book on Turkey travel. I will definitely read the book as I love reading about different places and their cultures. Although, I had visited Turkey once but I didn’t got a chance to visit Bodrum. Your post has motivated me to visit the place.

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